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Antimicrobials are often used to treat bovine respiratory disease in feedlots. But there’s little hard data, which makes it difficult to know how practices such as low-stress weaning might lower use.

Feedlots to be put to the test — and that’s what they want

Thwarting resistance and reassuring consumers behind antimicrobial monitoring

A new pilot project will give Canada’s cattle industry some long-overdue and much-needed data about antimicrobial use and resistance on Canadian beef farms. “Antibiotic resistance is a really, really big deal, both for human and animal health,” said Reynold Bergen, science director for the Beef Cattle Research Council. “If bugs get resistant to antibiotics, the […] Read more

Alternative feeds could offer big savings this winter, but supplies vary by region and feed testing is a must.

Harvest woes increase supply of alternative feeds

Prices are down and depending on the region, availability is up — but you need to do the math

Hay costs vary significantly this year, with prices in some areas with short supplies nearly double those in areas with adequate supplies. On the other hand, there could be numerous options for alternate winter feeds this year as some crops originally intended for grain are being harvested as feed. Alberta feed barley prices have dropped […] Read more


A co-ordinated effort by beef groups to address concerns and communicate directly with consumers was a key goal of the strategy.

Having a national strategy is working, say beef leaders

Sustainable beef effort, more funding, and greater industry co-operation cited as examples of progress

Having a national beef strategy has paid dividends and that’s why the sector has revised and updated it, say beef leaders. “This is an ongoing plan for the industry,” said Anne Wasko, chair of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, one of seven groups behind the strategy. “The vision of the national beef strategy is […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Live cattle jump as beef stocks tighten, funds buy

Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. live cattle futures scaled to their highest point in 5-1/2 months on Wednesday as tighter-than-expected beef stocks and rising cash beef prices triggered active fund buying that took prices through key technical resistance levels. Actively traded contracts posted their strongest gains in nearly a month, breaking out of a narrow […] Read more


Fall beef producers’ meetings set to begin

Meetings kick off Thursday, Oct. 24

Alberta Beef Producers is reminding its members that its slate of fall meetings is getting underway. “ABP prides itself on being an organization of producers, run by producers, speaking and working on behalf of the cattle and beef producers in Alberta,” the organization said in a recent e-newsletter. Twenty-five meetings are being held across the […] Read more



Reaching out to environmentalists such as Steve Lee is part of the behind-the-scenes advocacy outreach effort co-ordinated by Canada’s beef sector. Lee is a climate change activist who runs the Three Percent Project, which aims to get one million Canadian students involved in the effort to combat climate change. Lee (pictured with Kat Cadungog of the Three Percent Project) visited various beef operations, including Stephen Hughes’ ranch near Longview.

The behind-the-scenes effort to tell beef’s story

Besieged beef sector aims to fight hyperbole with facts

It can seem like the ‘beef is bad’ crowd is scoring all the points in the battle to influence consumer attitudes. But the beef sector is fighting back — even if its efforts don’t get the same kind of headline-grabbing attention. One of the main initiatives is being conducted by the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association that […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Lean hogs end mostly higher

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures closed mostly higher on Monday as hopes for rising demand for U.S. pork exports, particularly from China, more than offset near-term pressure from plentiful hog supplies. Investor caution kept hog futures in a narrow trading range following a roller-coaster session on Friday in which the market surged […] Read more